Nebraska did it.
They beat #1 Purdue in Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers have not knocked off a #1 Team since Ronald Regan was in office, 1982.
1982 was also the year that Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat on stage. The Falkland War was going on. Epocot in Orlando opened up. The average cost of a new home was $82,000. The cost of a gallon of gas was $0.91. Postage cost $0.20.
Yeah, it’s been awhile.
It also feels so good.
It’s not like Purdue came into a snowy Lincoln and rolled over. Nebraska did start out hot but Purdue kept it close early on. The lead went back and fourth for a good chunk of the first half. The Boilermakers even had the lead for a time.
A huge drought by Purdue and a scoring drive lifted the Huskers to a sizable lead at half. Purdue readjusted at break and a Husker cold streak started the second, but it didn’t last long.
This night was for Nebraska.
A team that has waited so long to be good. To have a season that excited the fans. To give them hope.
The Huskers were lead by Keisei Tominaga. The senior had nineteen points, four assists, and one rebound on the night. Going 5 of 9 from the three point line and draining all four shots at the foul line.
Rienk Mast also had a big night in the paint. Having eighteen points, four rebounds, and three assists. This all while going up against one of the top players in the country, Zach Edey.
Also of note was C.J. Wilcher who continues to show his talents and leadership coming off the bench once again. The Husker grad had sixteen points against the Boilermakers.
Nebraska heads to Iowa on Friday, January 12th to take on the Hawkeyes at 8:30pm. The game will be televised on BTN.
The defense from @HuskerMBB has been tremendous throughout this game. They have forced @BoilerBall to consistently make the extra pass. Shots have been there but Purdue isn't knocking them down late. And Huskers have answered every run. Nebraska looks @MarchMadnessMBB bid good.…— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) January 10, 2024
Purdue coach Matt Painter on Nebraska...— Mike Sautter (@MikeSautter_) January 10, 2024
I like their team. I like how hard they play, they're together. I like the system they run. It's real basketball.